All of the major new units associated with the modernization
project at BP's
refinery in Whiting, India
na, have been successfully
brought on stream, the company said on Wednesday.
The start-up of
the new 102,000 bpd coker in mid-November marked the last
major milestone of the multi-year, multi-billion dollar modernization project
at the facility in
The safe start-up of this world-scale coker is the last
major step in unlocking the full potential of the Whiting Refinery
shareholders, said Iain Conn, CEO of BPs
downstream segment. The reconfigured refinery
now has the flexibility
to greatly increase heavy sour crude processing, delivering
an expected incremental $1 billion of operating cash flow per
year, depending on market conditions.
The refinery is working through post-start-up troubleshooting
activities and expects to be ready to begin the ramp up of
progressively higher Canadian crude processing from year-end
through the first quarter of 2014 as previously announced,
according to the company.
The Whiting refinery project
has been at the heart of
our US fuels strategy to operate sophisticated, feedstock
tied to strong logistics and integrated into fuels
marketing, Conn said. This world-class refinery
is in the right location with the right equipment to process
growing supplies of North American crude oil, including heavy
grades from Canada."
The multi-billion dollar investment in the refinery is the
largest private sector investment in India
na history and also includes
several hundred million dollars in new environment
al equipment for water
treatment and air emissions
, according to Whiting
refinery manager Nick Spencer.
Along with the recent Toledo and Cherry Point Refinery
upgrades and the successful completion of the Texas City and
Carson Refinery divestments, the Whiting refinery modernization
our fuels business in North America, said Steve
Cornell, chief operating officer for BP's US fuels business
and head of refining
and major projects.
Spencer credited the 1,900 Whiting employees and large
contractor workforce for safely delivering the multi-year project
Weve employed more than 10,000 skilled
craftspeople here at Whiting the past several years preparing
for this day and safety performance has been very good,
Spencer said. Our focus now is to continue this high
standard of safety performance as we operate the plant to
produce gasoline, diesel and jet fuel and provide jobs for
thousands of people in greater Chicagoland and much of the
Midwest for decades to come.